2022 Tax Refund Schedule: When You'll Get Your Tax Refund

by Trevor Antley | Dec 21, 2021
2022 Tax Refund Schedule

Whether you're a tax professional looking to help your clients or you are a taxpayer looking for your refund date, WebCE has provided this resource. Below is the estimated 2022 IRS tax refund schedule, showing the projected date you will likely receive your refund based on when you filed your tax return.

The table below shows a tax refund calendar with the projected dates taxpayers should receive their tax refund by either direct deposit or check. Our tax refund calendar relies on guidance issued by the IRS and historical trends, and we continue to update the calendar as the IRS provides new information.

2022 Federal Tax Refund Schedule & Delivery Time

2022 Federal Tax Delivery Time

If you are curious about when you or your clients should receive a tax refund, the answer depends on how the tax return was filed (electronically or by mail) and how the taxpayer chooses to receive the refund (bank deposit or check by mail). You can see the different time tables for tax refund delivery in the calendar below.

Tax Refund Delivery Type Tax Refund Delivery Time
E-file and direct deposit 1–3 weeks (usually 2 weeks)
Paper file by mail and direct deposit 3 weeks
E-file and tax refund check by mail 6–8 weeks
Paper file by mail and tax refund check by mail 6–8 weeks

2022 IRS Refund Schedule Chart

Are you wondering what date you should receive your federal tax refund? The IRS issues over 90% of tax refunds in less than 21 days after the tax returns are processed. The IRS has currently not released an official tax refund calendar for the 2022 tax season (2021 tax year). Still, based on statements from the IRS and trends over past years, the estimates in the following chart should be accurate for the vast majority of taxpayers (see exceptions below).

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on January 24, 2022.

Date Return Filed

Date Direct Deposit Sent

Date Paper Check Mailed

January 31, 2022

February 11, 2022

February 18, 2022

February 7

February 18

February 25

February 14

February 25

March 4

February 21

March 4

March 11

February 28

March 11

March 18

March 7

March 18

March 25

March 14

March 251

April 21

March 21

April 11

April 91

March 28

April 81

April 151

April 4

April 151

April 221

April 11

April 22

April 25

April 18

April 29

May 6

April 25

May 6

May 13

May 2

May 131

May 201

May 9

May 20

May 27

May 16

May 27

June 4

May 23

June 4

June 11

1 During the peak of tax filing season, it may take slightly longer for the IRS to process tax returns. Traditionally, the busy season begins around late March and lasts through April 15. The IRS still plans to send the vast majority of tax refunds within three weeks of processing the tax return.

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Tracking Your 2022 Tax Refund

The IRS has provided two free tools for taxpayers to track the status of their 2022 tax refund:

To check the status of your tax refund using either of these tools, you will need:

To use the online Where's My Refund tool, you will need to enter your Social Security number or ITIN, filing status, and refund amount. If you entered the information correctly, the tool should take you to a page showing the status of your tax refund. If it shows an error, you may be prompted to verify your information and to try again. If the information you entered was correct, it will ask you to enter the date you filed your taxes and whether you filed electronically or by mail.

The IRS2Go mobile app works in a similar way and requires the same information as the online tool. The data used by the mobile app is only updated once every 24 hours, so if you don't initially see a change in your return's status, check again the next day.

Taxpayers should be able to see their tax return status within 24 hours if they filed their tax return electronically. If they submit their tax return by mail, it may take up to four weeks to see their refund status.

Tax Return Status: Received, Approved, Sent

Both the online and mobile tax refund status tools use the same three messages to show your tax refund status:

  • Received: The IRS has your tax return and is processing it.
  • Approved: The IRS has approved your tax return and confirmed the amount of your tax refund (if a refund is warranted).
  • Sent: Your refund has been sent using the method you specified, whether electronically to your bank or as a check in the mail.

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How to Get Your Tax Refund as Fast as Possible

If you want your tax refund as soon as possible, you are far from alone. Here's what taxpayers can do to ensure they receive their tax refund as quickly as possible.

Request Direct Deposit

According to the IRS, the best and fastest way to receive your tax refund is to opt for direct deposit into your bank account. The IRS allows your tax refund to be deposited into one account or split between separate accounts.

Double Check Your Tax Return Information

Mistakes on tax returns are the biggest slow-down in receiving tax refunds. You can ensure your tax return and refund are processed quickly by double or triple checking the information on your tax return before you file.

Here are some questions you can ask while double checking your tax return information:

  • Did you review the identifying numbers (SSN or ITIN) for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents?
  • Is the information for your dependents correct?
  • Did you Check to make sure your routing and account number are accurate for direct deposit?
  • Did you electronically sign your tax return?

File Your Tax Return Electronically

The IRS says combining direct deposit with electronic filing is the quickest way to get your tax refund. Over 90% of tax refunds are issued in less than 21 days.

If your adjusted gross income is less than $72,000, you can file your tax return electronically for free using the IRS Free File Program. Otherwise you will need a the assistance of tax software or a tax professional. Tax software can also flag any errors or mistakes on your tax return ahead of time.

Tax CPE Courses from WebCE

WebCE wants tax professionals and taxpayers to have the most up-to-date information during tax season. Tax professionals are encouraged to order tax continuing professional education (CPE) courses so you’ll be completely prepared for the 2022 tax season (2021 tax year) and able to help your clients to the best of your ability.

Tax CPE Course Catalog